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Springtime Baby Blanket
Springtime Throw by Nicki Trench
Crochet
Great Niece
Approx 22" X 29"
Hooks & yarn
3.5 mm (E)
Not important as long as it's consistent
Stylecraft Special Double Knit
Wool Warehouse in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
April 2, 2014
Notes

There’s a baby due in the family soon and I thought I might make a crochet pram blanket. I saw Nicki Trench’s Springtime Throw pattern a long time ago and have wanted to make something similar ever since.
I have some Stylecraft wool left over from my Star Blanket, in a rainbow of 14 colours which should do the job nicely.
I made 2 squares with a 3.5mm and 4mm hook and I think I’ll use the smaller size - the stitches look just a little bit neater.
I’ve had a quilt look at Ravelry patterns to get an idea of sizes and will aim for 22” X 28” to start with, or 9 rows by 12 rows. That will be 108 squares.

The colours I’m using (purchased 2 yrs ago and in the order they appear on the delivery note) are as follows -

Saffron 1081
Bluebell 1082
Shrimp 1132
Lavender 1188
Spring Green 1316
Clematis 1390
Wisteria 1432
Cloud Blue 1019
Lemon 1020
Raspberry 1023
Apricot 1026
Sherbet 1034
Meadow 1065
Turquoise 1068
White 1001 (nearly 2 whole balls)

Nicky used a real mix of colours in her squares but I’m going to stick with one colour family with white per square, alternating between the pale shade in the middle, then round the edge. So lemon, white and saffron for one square, then saffron, white and lemon for the next and so on. That will give me 14 colour combinations.

28-05-2016

Finished! Part way through making the squares I decided that the dark blue and dark mauve were so similar in colour that I would only make half a batch of each, so I had 13 colourways in the end. I made 8 each with the light colour on th outer edge, and 9 each of the darker colours. When I lay them all out, I tried to arrange them so the colours looked balanced,with no two squares the same touching. I also tried to make sure there wasn’t pale yellow next to dark yellow etc but that was much harder!
I tacked them all together once arranged and joined them with double crochet thought the back loops only,working across the rows of nine squares first, then the long rows of 12 squares.

I went for a very simple white border of trebles,then treble and space, which looks simple but effective. I went back and did a row of surface double crochet around the outer edge of squares to give them a “ridge”.

It needs to be washed and blocked, with maybe a little steam on the corners of the border to make it lie flat.

But I’m very pleased with it. VERY!

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May 28 2016
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  • Project created: April 2, 2016
  • Finished: May 28, 2016
  • Updated: November 5, 2016
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